Baltimore (53-56) at Texas (54-54)

  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sat Aug 6, 2005
  • TV: FOX
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The Baltimore Orioles have certainly responded to their managerial change.

The Orioles will try for their third straight win under Sam Perlozzo when they continue their series with the Texas Rangers.

Jay Gibbons and Brian Roberts homered during a six-run third inning as the Orioles rolled to a 10-5 win on Friday to remain unbeaten with Perlozzo in charge.

The Orioles lost eight straight before Lee Mazzilli was fired as manager Thursday, and then won their series finale against the Los Angeles Angels in Perlozzo’s debut after being promoted from bench coach.

“I saw some real signs of life that I hadn’t been seeing,” Perlozzo said. “We ran the bases well, we hit and pitched well, and we caught some breaks.”

Perlozzo wants the Orioles to finish strong, which would set him up for serious consideration to get the job on a permanent basis next season.

“I think if we can get the team to play better baseball for the rest of the season, then I have a shot at staying,” Perlozzo said. “It’s as simple as that. I feel the team needs to respond in some way. It’s a better chance than I’ve had in all my career so I’m thankful for that.”

Orioles slugger Sammy Sosa said the players have confidence in Perlozzo.

“He’s been our coach, now he’s our skipper,” Sosa said. “It’s not like he’s a new guy from the outside. We’ve gone through some tough times. Now we’re coming back.”

Mark Teixeira, Hank Blalock and Alfonso Soriano homered on Friday for the Rangers, who have lost eight of their last nine at home.

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